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& EDITORIALS Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not; Jeremiah 50:2 2016 a~l 2017 winner. Editorial Page excellence 2016 ~ Sports Photography excellence /g~~ 2016 winmw: News Photography excellence I~LII~il).~I ,o,6 . o Fron, exce"eoce 2017 wimmn Best Humor Column- On the Porch ON THE PORCH by Will Davis It Our water pressure at home was down to noth- ing, and taking a shower felt more like standing under a leaky gutter. Finally I did what I always do when I have a problem: I called my county commissioner Eddie Row- land. Just kidding. I don't expect Eddie to solve all my problems. But in the past, whenever we've had low water pressure, it was usually because something had happened at the county water tank over on Rumble Road in Smarr. You know, maybe a cow had bumped into it, or someone climbed to the top and spray-painted "Billy Bob loves Charlene" in John Deere green spray paint (excuse my 1990s country song reference), tripping the water gauge. Unfortunately, Rowland said everything was fine at the water tank. It was looking like a personal problem To be sure, I called and asked the county water depart- ment to check it out. They called back later that afternoon. "Mr. Davis" she said. "The problem is with your regula- tor and that's on your side of the meter so we can't fix it. You'll have to do it:' I thanked them for checking and started to hang up. "Ummm, Mr. Davis?" she added. "Yes?" "When our employee went to the door your little boy answered the door;' she said. "Oh really?" I said, wondering what was coming next. "He told us that he was 4, and that he was at home all alone:' Well, isn't that interesting? I begged her not to call DFACS and assured her that my teenage son was some- where in the home. Our little boy has a vivid imagination and likes to run his mouth. She laughed, and my next call, of course, was to the house to get big brother offthe couch. With that problem addressed, I set about to solve the origi- nal problem: Fixing our water pressure. I did not know what a regulator was, and I didn't even know where to find it. I couldn't find it at the meter, but finally found what I suspected to be a regulator in my garage. Through the power of YouTube, I convinced myself that I didn't really need to replace the regulator. Just a good deaning would probably fix the problem I spent the next hour fumbling with this piece of pipe, removing it, running water through it, and finally re-installing it. I turned the water back on and voila! The water pressure was .just as bad as before. OK, so maybe it did need replacing. Again, thanks to the power of Do-It-Yourself Youtube videos, I had installed a new regulator in 30 minutes and the water pressure was the best it had ever been, like a geyser. I am not a handy person. I have never changed my own oil. But I have found that with the power of the internet, there are an astouding number of things regular klutzes like myself can do. When the engine of my F-150 wouldn't turn over, I used the internet to pinpoint the issue to a fuel pump fuse. I fixed my problem for $3. When we were at the beach last month, my step-dad's vehicle started making shuddering noises and leaking oil. A quick internet search discovered a common problem with that model. When he got the car to the shop, they confirmed it was exactly what the internet told us it was. Jordan Harbin of Harbin Repairs here in Forsyth has an incredible talent for electronics He can take apart com- puters and put them back together. He can build comput- ers to run Christmas decorations synchronized to music. He's barely out of high school. "Jordan" I asked him one day. "How did you learn all this stuff?" "From watching YouTube videos" he replied. We blame a lot of problems on modern technolog); but it's good to remember the miracles it brings as well. Now I'm just waiting for when YouTube can watch my 4 year old. the Monroe C~mnty www. MyMCR net is published every week byThe Monroe County Reporter Inc. Will Davis, President Robert M. Williams Jr Vice President Cheryl 5. Williams, Secretary-Treasurer STAFF Will Davis ~ ~ Trellis Grant Publisher/Editor Business Manager publisher@rnymcr.net business@mymcr.net Richard Dumas ~ ~ Diane Glidewell News Editor Community Editor forsyth@rnymcr.net news@rnymcr.net Advertising Manager Creative Director ads@mymcr.net graphics@myrncr.net Official Organ of Monroe County and the City of Forsyth 50 N. Jackson St. Forsyth, GA 31029 Periodicals Postage Paid at Forsyth, GA 31029 POSTMAsTER: Send address changes to: THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER RO. Box 795, Forsyth, GA 31029 SUBSCRIPTION RATE: In County:. $40 Out of County:. $48 Single Copy: $1 Deadlines noon on Friday prim to issue. Comments featured on opinion pages are the creation of the write~, the do not necessarily reflect the opinions orn~e Reporter management. Publication No. USPS 997-840 PEACH STATE POLITICS by Kyte Wingfield dC" onservatives had much to expert reports, and conducted nearly J' cheer in the rulings the U.S. 100 depositions, induding 29 expert ,Supreme Court handed depositions. Florida thus had a more- down toward the end of than-ample opportunity to gather its its latest term. But Georgians of all evidence and then present it at a one- political stripes should be dismayed by the very last decision released. Georgia had anticipated the end of one line oflitigions assault in the long-running "water wars:' A Special Master (attorney) appointed by the high court had recommended dismissing Florida's lawsuit that seeks to curtail the water Georgia's cit- ies and farmers consume from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin. But rather than accept the Special Master's advice, the court voted 5-4 to send the case back to him for further inquiry. The five-member majority wants more information about Florida's proposal to reduce Georgia's water usage. Our southern neighbor con- tends the seafood industry in Apala- chicola Ba) home to such delectables as oysters and shrimp, needs more fresh water from the north. Yet the majority noted the central issue in the case is whether the facts show"the benefits of the (appor- tionment to Florida) substantially outweigh the harm that might result" for Georgia. And as Justice Clar- ence Thomas argued in his excellent dissent, there As no question on that matter. A fair reading of the already- voluminous record makes dear Florida cannot win. "During their 18 months of dis- covery;' Thomas writes, "the par- ties produced 7.2 million pages of documents, served 130 third-party subpoenas, issued more than 30 month trial In short, we have all the evidence we need to decide this case now. We should have done so." Remember, it's not whether restrict- ing our water use could possibly produce any benefits to Apalachicola's seafood industry- although that is far from certain - but whether those benefits would "substantially outweigh" the harm to Georgia. Consider some of the facts Thomas marshals. First, there's the sheer difference in size between the two states within this river basin: "In relative terms, Geor- gia accounts for 98% of the population (in the basin) and 99% of the economic pro- ), 's duction. That alone makes Florida burden of proof tougher to meet But that's not all there is. To hear Florida's attorneys tell it, the cost to Georgia would be $35.2 million, to pay for additional conservation mea- sures. As Thomas observes, however, that's only a small part of the story: "The real cost of such a cap, which includes nongovernmental costs like welfare losses, would range anywhere from $191 million, to more than $2 billion per year;) Thomas writes. ' nd the cap would trigger resulting losses in Georgia's gross regional product and employment, totaling around $322 million and 4,173 jobs annually" It is dearly impossible for Florida's speculative benefit to match this harm to Georgia, much less to "sub- stantiaUy outweigh" it. "Regardless of the measure used;' Thomas writes, "this harm dwarfs the value of Florida's entire fishing industry in Apalachicola Bay, which produces annual revenues of $11.7 million. And it greatly outweighs the value of the additional oysters that a cap on Georgia's use might produce - i.e no more than a few hundred thousand dol- lars:' Even the incomplete figure of $35.2 million in costs to Georgia beats that. In a sense, however, Florida is already maxi- its benefit of mizing filing this lawsuit. While it merely delays the inevitable, every bit of delay conjures a bit more unfounded doubt about metro Atlanta's future viability. That doubt, and the marginal comparative advantage Florida might garner as a result, was the main reason for the lawsuit. In that respect, Florida was the winner here - well, Florida and the phalanx of lawyers billing hours on each side. This is one the Supreme Court truly got wrong. The CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Winglield's column runs in newspapers around the state. JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver El.acVeryone acknowledges that the media has been given a special e in American society:. is given that place because the United States can only function properly if we have an informed dec- torate that receives honest, objective, unbiased information. A "free press" has been charged with providing that honest, objective, unbiased informa tion. They are not supposed to be part of the political system, because it is they who should keep the political system honest and fair. The media has been called the "Fourth Estate') following the three branches of government - the executive, the legislative, and the judidar) . The Founding Fathers estab- lished a series of checks and balances to insure each of the three branches, along with the press, would maintain its power by checking the power of any other branch seeking to gain too much power. WE'VE ALL learned how checks and balances should work- Congress can pass a law, the president can veto the law, and Congress can override that veto. The executive appoints judges who rule on the constitutionality of the laws Congress can remove judges (rarely done), and so on. Meanwhile, the media reports on the good, the bad, and the ugly of all three branches. Basi- we have a working, adversarial rdationship with each branch striving to gain and maintain power which, in the process, keeps the other branches from becoming too dominant. In our scheme of checks and balances, we must also consider political parties who work to gain and maintain their own power - at the expense of the other part . So; we have Congress, the president, Republicans, and Democrats working to advance their agenda while the judiciary and the media are non- partisan players who should insure the system remains fair and honest. THE ABOVE is the ideal - how our governmenta} system of checks and balances should work. However, what happens if the media takes sides with one political party and becomes a partisan phyer? What happens when the media advances the agenda of one political party at the expense of the other party? Answer - we no longer have a fair means of receiving honest, objective information, and our system of checks and balances is broken. In short, if the press sides with one politi- cal party over the other, we have the media of today who have activdy sided with the Democrats to oppose the Republicans. ON A daily basis we see the complete bias of the media in favor of the Demo- crats at the expense ofthe Republicans and of the country. The media bias hurts the entire country because we are not receiving honest, objective, unbiased information. Rather, we are receiving only "what the media wants to tell us" And the media tells us only the bad of the Republicans, the hor- ribleness of Trump, and the goodness of the Democrats. In other words, we receive "fake news" because we are not getting the truth. "Fake news" was a term popularized by President Trump. It is a spot on description of the biased media that has gone "all in)' for the Democrats. r / THE RECENT shoot- hag at the Annapolis Capital Gazette newspa- per is a perfect example of fake news. Jarrod Ra- mos entered the newspa- per and killed five people with a shotgun. Almost immediately, various media outlets blamed President Trump for the shooting. No, Trump didn't pull the trigger but, according to the media, he called the media "fake news" and "enemy of the people" and that drove Ramos to do the shooting. In math, Ramos had a grudge against the newspaper going back to at least 2010 - five years before Trump ever announced running for president. However, the biased media never lets facts get in the way of their narrative or their hatred of Tnunp. The story's fake news is that the media blamed Trump. Trump is correct; by lying to the people, the media is an enemy to the math. sto And ignoring a story is perhaps the greatest power the press has. If the story is never told, then, no one knows about it. THE BEST example of ignoring a story centers on President Trump and what the media has ignored about his presidentT. By all accounts, the United States is in the midst of one of the greatest economic booms ever - the unemployment rate is below 4%, blacks and Hispanics are enjoying the lowest unemployment rate in his- tory; business regulations have been slashed helping the economy to create over 2 million jobs since Trump was elected, historic tax cuts were enacted that has led to economic relief for tens of millions of Americans, and the energy boom has led to US energy independence. In foreign affairs, ISIS has been crushed, the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem- Israel's capital) NATO members are starting to pay their fair share for their com- mon defense, and nuclear disarmament and peace with North Korea is actu- ally possible. If President Obama had those accomplishments -- that's all we~l hear~ However, Trump's accomplishments are being completely ignored by the press. Instead, the biased media has spent months and months covering a porn star and a bogus Russian collusion stor In this case, ignoring the story is the fake news PRESIDENT TRUMP has nominat- ed XXXX to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. The leftist cabal immediatdy labeled that person a rac- ist, sexist, homophobe, against women's reproductive fights, etc etc. No matter who Trump nominates, that person will be opposed by every Democrat, liberal) and the biased media. The left- ist cabal is that predictable. WEEKLY QUOTE: "The most insidious power that the media has is the power to ignore." - Talk show host, Chris Plante. FAKE NEWS is far more than just reporting false information. After all, it's easy to disprove erroneous facts. In the Gazette newspaper shooting, it didn't take long before people realized that Ramos had a grudge against the paper and that Tromp had nothing to do with the shooting. That fake news was quickly dispmven. By far the largest example of fake news is news that is sddom, if ever, reported. The press is free to publish any story they so desire. They are, also, free to ignore any Sloan Oliver is a retired Army officer He lives in Bolingbroke with his wife Sandra. Email him at sloanoliver@ earthlinknet. q